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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from Lance Haun, vice president of outreach for MeritBuilder, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: Do you serve alcohol at your holiday party?

  • Yes, we provide an open bar with no set limits, 32%
  • No, but we do provide punch, 28%
  • Yes, we provide a bar with a few drink tickets covered by the company, 25%
  • Yes, but it is just a cash bar so employees have to purchase drinks, 15%

“It is actually pretty surprising to me that 56% of companies are providing drinks to their employees at their holiday party (with almost a third of companies putting no set limit on the free booze). This seems to be in direct contrast of what some legal experts call for when it comes to company-supplied alcohol at parties. I would recommend a policy of limiting drinks at your event and encouraging those who want to indulge to find a venue afterward.”–Lance Haun